Review: A-Z Poetry: Fruits and Veggies ~ Kaelah Mickelle

A-Z Poetry

A-Z Poetry: Fruits and Veggies is a collection of 26 highly creative and entertaining acrostic poems. With visually captivating illustrations and rhyming verse, learning the alphabet is now more fun! As an added bonus, each poem provides a clever mnemonic device that aids in teaching children how to spell their fruits and veggies.


4 Thumbs-UpWhat a great little book that serves a dual purpose.

If you are looking for a novel way to teach the alphabet to younger children, this may be just the book you are looking for; and not just the alphabet, this book also provides a wonderful way to introduce the often daunting topic of poetry into their lives.

Filled with wonderful illustrations that help the young reader or those being read to understand the poetry, this book would make a great alternative to the usual bedtime story.  The poems in themselves are different to some anyone picking this up maybe used to, as each follows a mnemonic that helps in the teach the spelling of the particular fruit or veggie you are reading about.  With this said, maybe I should amend my original statement of it serving a dual purpose.

As well as educating it also helps young children realise that they are not the only one who may have issues regarding bedtime for example, and it does this in a light-hearted manner that most children will be able to relate to.  Combine this with images of items that many children have in their own homes and the result is a book that children and grandchildren alike will feel has been written just for them.

Containing rhyming verse and haiku I could not think of a better way to introduce my grandson to poetry.  However, I did have several issues with loading this book both on my Kindle and on my PC, and I could see that this would cause issues with an impatient child eager to delve into new pages, along with the fact that it is only 15 pages long I felt it was a little over-priced for what it is, and this resulted in my 4 thumbs review.

I would highly recommend this book to those who are wanting new and interesting ways to teach young children about spelling, the alphabet and poetry.


As Ever As Ever ~ Charlie Smith

jump soul

As Ever As Ever

I step back from the homespun,
the naturally dyed. Fresh vegetables
unnerve me with their husks
and peelings and little ruddy bits
to save for compost. Grass stains
and leaves choke the gutters and
berries ponk ponk and you can’t
remember what you were thinking
bark chafes and flesh if you eat it
lies like a lump of chalcedony in
your gut, stopping the action.
Wind grieves at the corners of
the house and rain distills pity
to a purity that is irresistible and
poison. All know a flower’s dumb stare.
Fruit is home for small black worms.
Trees thrive in mass groupings
that close behind you and shudder
and stir complex imaginings
we are wholly unsuited for. Better
a quiet nook uptown. A room
with faded yellow light and Monk
on the piano. The buckle
and belting of life are beside the point.

Charlie Smith
Taken from Jump Soul: New and Selected Poems